Work

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Current

Reader in Stylistics (Current from August 2017)
Previously: Lecturer in Stylistics (Jan 2014-July 2014) & Senior Lecturer in Stylistics (August 2014-July 2017)
Newman University; Birmingham, UK
I am Programme Leader for English Single Honours and teach a suite of classes in the English subject group to a diverse group of students. My teaching focuses on the use of linguistic tools to study literature, language, and culture. I lead teaching in language, serving as module coordinator for all five modules in language and linguistics curriculum, including Language & Literature, Analysing Text & Talk, and Metaphor in Literature, Language, and Thought. I am also a research supervisor for a PhD student working in inter-religious dialogue, and serve as vice-chair on the Minor Amendments Panel as well as the Work-Based Learning Working Group. 
As part of the Newman University revalidation project moving from a 15 credit modules to 20 credit modules across the University, I led in developing and producing a new English language curriculum. This project included planning and writing module specifications for all modules in the English language offering, with a focus on integration with existing English literature, creative writing, and film modules. This project also included drafting modules, working with other team members to devise overall assessment strategies, responding to external examiners comments, and redrafting the programme guide. 


Part-time Lecturer
University of Birmingham; Birmingham, UK (current from Oct 2008)
University of Leicester; Leicester, UK (current from Sept 2015)
University of Liverpool; Liverpool, UK (Fixed term, May–October 2016 & 2017)

I work on several MA TESOL/Applied Linguistics programmes, both in on-campus and distance modes of delivery. I tutor students on a variety of modules and through dissertation projects, give feedback on essay drafts, mark essays, and provide pastoral support for a diverse group of multilingual students.


Past



Visiting Research Fellow (Sept 2014-Aug 2016)
Heythrop College, University of London
Working with scholars within the Heythrop Institute: Religion and Society, I am gathering data and working on a project entitled ‘Religious Talk Online’ comparing and contrasting discourse of Evangelical Christians, atheists, and Muslims on YouTube.

Assistant Professor of Language and Literature (Jan 2013-Dec 2013)
University of Nottingham; Semenyih, Malaysia
Contributed to the first presentation of the BA (honours) in Language and Literature, serving as Senior Tutor, IT officer, Library Officer, and Overseas Studies co-ordinator. Served as module convener for Investigating English Language: Stylistics, Introduction to Linguistics, and Foundations in Language and Literature. 
Included liaising with academics and staff at the University's additional campuses in Nottingham, UK and Ningbo, China to produce and present blended learning courses which draw on the unique strengths of researchers and lecturers at each of the campuses.
Visiting Lecturer & Module Co-ordinator  (Sept 2009–Jan 2013)
Middlesex University; London, UK
Taught four sections of 'Communication Techniques' in the BA in English Language. I kept a class blog for this course, which can be viewed here: CML 2103 Class Blog (Autumn 2012)
Taught Research Methods for Language Teachers, Empirical investigations of Language, and Pedagogic Grammar to students in the university’s MA TESOL/Applied Linguistics course (2009–2012) 
Included liaising with course team in Dubai to develop teaching materials that were both contextually appropriate and on parity with course modules presented in London.
Visiting Lecturer (Sept 2012–Jan 2013)
The University of Westminster; London, UK
Taught Literary Linguistics (Stylistics) to second-year students in the English Language and Literature BA (Hons).

English Language Teaching


Visiting Instructor (Apr 2008–Aug 2008)
Keiwa Gakuen College; Shibata City, Japan
Taught first and second year English conversation classes as well as English elective to Japanese undergraduate English majors.
Assistant Language Teacher (Sept 2005–Mar 2008)
Niigata Meikun High School; Niigata City, Japan
Responsible for working with English teachers to integrate conversational elements into curriculum. Taught all three grades with class sizes ranging from 35–45 students. I was responsible for over 1,200 students.
Assistant Language Teacher (Sept 2004–Aug 2005)
Interac Co. Ltd.; Niigata City, Japan
Responsible for planning and executing English curriculum for ten elementary schools in Niigata City. Taught all grade levels with class sizes ranging from 35–45 students.
English Language Teacher (Oct 2003–Aug 2004)
Imajuku English School; Fukuoka City, Japan
Oversaw and administered an English language school for 50 students as school co-coordinator, teaching both children and adults.